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Osaka in Autumn: What You Need to Know About Weather, What to Pack

Osaka in Autumn: What You Need to Know About Weather, What to Pack

Date published: 1 February 2020
Last updated: 25 September 2020

Osaka in autumn is very comfortable, but as the season progresses it steadily gets colder as winter approaches.

But just how cold does the season get, and what to bring on your trip when visiting Osaka in autumn? Let's have a look below.

Table of Contents
  1. What sort of weather does Osaka have throughout the year?
  2. Osaka in September
  3. What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in September?
  4. Things to do and see in Osaka in September
  5. Osaka in October
  6. What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in October?
  7. Things to do and see in Osaka in October
  8. Osaka in November
  9. What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in November?
  10. Things to do and see in Osaka in November
  11. Book an unforgettable experience in Osaka!

What sort of weather does Osaka have throughout the year?

What sort of weather does Osaka have throughout the year?

Osaka is located in the central part of the Kinki region, surrounded by mountains on three sides: the Tamba Highlands in the north, the Ikoma and Kongo mountains in the east, and the Izumi Mountains in the south. The west side faces Osaka Bay and is classified as a relatively mild Setouchi climate. It is an area with little rain throughout the year which is ideal for sightseeing.

Osaka in September

Osaka in September
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Despite it being the beginning of autumn, it is still hot in September. The average temperature in the past 30 years has been around 25° C, but in recent years the heat has remained intense with the sun shining as strongly as it did in midsummer in August, the daytime temperatures sometimes exceeding 35° C. You also need to be aware that this is also the typhoon season when sudden showers and heavy rainstorms may occur. Towards the end of the month, though, the morning and evening temperatures become noticeably cooler and the days more comfortable.

Average temperatures in Osaka in September (Japan Meteorological Agency publication: normal values from 1981 to 2010)
Degrees (C)
25
High (C)
29.3
Low (C)
21.7
Precipitation (mm)
160.7
Humidity (%)
67

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in September?

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in September?
Model: Yuki Sakai

The weather at the start of the month is similar to that in August so you can get by in just a short-sleeve shirt. Towards the end of the month the mornings and evenings become a bit cooler, so if you plan to go out early in the morning or return late in the evening you might want to consider taking a hoodie or sweater with you. You will still see plenty of people in town wearing sandals.

● Clothing items
Tops: (men and women) T-shirts, polo shirts (women) dresses
Bottoms: (men and women) cotton slacks (women) skirts
Footwear: (men and women) sandals
Accessories: (men and women) umbrellas that can be used for both rainy and sunny days

Things to do and see in Osaka in September

Autumn is also the season when rice is harvested. At this time in Japan many festivals are held to pray for and give thanks for bountiful harvests. There are all sorts of regional festivals, two of the more famous being the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival and the Yao Kawachi Ondo Festival. These are good opportunities to experience traditional Japanese culture.

Osaka in October

Osaka in October

In October the sunlight becomes less harsh, although in the first half of the month there are days when the temperature exceeds 30° C. Even so, the daytime temperatures become increasingly more comfortable with the average high being 23.3 and the average low 15.5 making this also a time when there are many tourists. No longer are there summer squalls, but there are days in autumn when it may drizzle for several days in a row. Towards the end of the month mornings and evenings become increasingly chilly while in the daytime there are often refreshing breezes.

Average temperatures in Osaka in October (Japan Meteorological Agency publication: normal values from 1981 to 2010)
Degrees (C)
19
High (C)
23.3
Low (C)
15.5
Precipitation (mm)
112.3
Humidity (%)
65

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in October?

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in October?
Model: Kota Takatsuki

Around October the weather is perfect for three-quarter or long-sleeved T-shirts and polo shirts. Later in the month you will need to wear a vest, sweatshirt or similar overgarment. The mornings and evenings can be chilly so it's a good idea to have a denim jacket or something similar to wear then. Instead of sandals it’s better to wear shoes or sneakers with socks.

● Clothing items
Tops: (men and women) long-sleeve polo shirts, sweatshirts
Bottoms: (men and women) cotton slacks (women) skirts + stockings
Footwear: (men and women) sneakers (women) pumps

Things to do and see in Osaka in October

utumn is the harvest season. If you want to venture out from the city a bit, you can try your hand at harvesting sweet potatoes and other crops at the Tondabayashi City Agricultural Farm (Savor Farm). At the Takatsuki Shiitake Center (Takatsuki City), you can pick shiitake mushrooms, and at the Hotani Cosmos Village (Hirakata City), you can gather cosmos and sunflowers.

Osaka in November

Osaka in November
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In November as the days grow shorter and the autumn weather becomes more prominent the average high temperature is 17.6° C and the average low temperature is 9.9° C. Towards the end of the month when the leaves on tree-lined streets begin to change color and the mornings and evenings feel quite chilly it's a sign that winter is not far off. Generally the weather is fine at this time; the times that it is not being few, so leisure areas are generally alive with visitors during weekends and holidays.

Average temperatures in Osaka in November (Japan Meteorological Agency publication: normal values from 1981 to 2010)
Degrees (C)
13.6
High (C)
17.6
Low (C)
9.9
Precipitation (mm)
69.3
Humidity (%)
64

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in November?

What sort of clothing is good for Osaka in November?
Model: Sora Arita

Early in the month a thick. knit pullover or a heavy denim jacket that can be worn over a blouse are good, but from the middle on towards the end of the month you will probably need a winter coat. However, the temperature varies from day to day, and when wearing skirts, there are days when stockings are just right instead of thin tights.

● Clothing items
Tops: (men and women) heavy sweater, jackets
Bottoms: (men and women) wool slacks (women) skirts + thin tights
Footwear: (men and women) sneakers (women) pumps

Things to do and see in Osaka in November

This is the time to see the autumn leaves. Rows of ginkgo trees extend for 1 km on the east side of Osaka Castle Park and 4 km in Midosuji, their leaves having turned a radiant bright yellow. In Osaka City Nagai Botanical Garden, red azalea, Japanese maple and metasequoia leaves have turned into brilliant reds, and beautiful autumn leaves can be seen even at Tsurumi Ryokuchi in Hanahakubo Memorial Park.

In Japan autumn is the season for eating and dining, sports, and cultural events. It is a time when the delicious bounties of harvests are enjoyed, athletic events are held now that the weather is cooler, and a time for delving into books and other studies. The mountains have become a palette of bright autumn colors attracting throngs of visitors to enjoy their beauty in the great outdoors, sojourns referred to in Japanese as "hunting autumn leaves". Many types of events are held in autumn in Japan so visitors can experience and enjoy it in many different ways.

Reference: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Meteorological Agency website

Text by:WESTPLAN

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
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